January 19, 2018
As you can see, I limited my sessions, which gave me more prep time in the morning, gave a little extra time for hair and make up and most importantly, included more one-on-one time with my clients (2 hours vs. 1 hour).
With the nature of these sessions, communication is EVERYTHING for an organized event and fully prepared client. I provided clients with as much information as possible to ensure that they were prepared for the session and they knew what to expect. Two weeks before the marathon, I sent the ladies a preparation guide, as dubbed “The Ultimate Boudoir Preparation Guide”. The information within this book gave examples of different styles and how to achieve those styles using outfits and accessories, what to do and what no to do before a session, and how to get the most out of your session with beauty prep – because nothing ruins a killer outfit like a beauty mishap!
Feedback from the clients? LOVED IT. A beautiful and well crafted prep guide leaves no stone unturned.
The night before I sent out an email with information about the location, how to get there, how to get in, where to go, FAQ’s relating to photo turn around, and a little blurb requesting to use their photos. I would probably recommend sending this out a day earlier.
This is where I felt less than adequate. By the time I had confirmed the date, location, and artists, I had only a month and a half to advertise. I made a blog post with event information, Facebook event with constant post making and sharing, Instagram posts and stories, and sent out an email to my client list. I did some Facebook ads, but I only got a couple of leads from that. Instagram ads didn’t allow me to be boosted due to my photo having two words on it (seriously?). I believe I could have filled my original, hectic schedule if I would have advertised much sooner. It would have given clients much more time to prepare for the session. Looking back, two to three months is a solid advertising time frame for boudoir marathons. Hell, give yourself 6 months!
The five lessons are something to take to heart and if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably pretty serious about having your own boudoir marathon. So here are some things I did to add some oomph to my boudoir sessions:
Created a Pinterest Board for clients to browse different boudoir styles
Visited the venue beforehand to know what I had to work with
Crafted mimosas and had water on deck during the sessions
Undressed – Kim Cesarion
…Ready For It – Taylor Swift
Strip It Down – Luke Bryan
Good For You – Selena Gomez
Sugar (Feat. Francesco Yates) – Robin Schulz
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
Generous – Olivia Holt
Like A Wrecking Ball – Eric Church
Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
Swalla (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) – Jason Derulo
Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson
Undiscovered – Laura Walsh
I Put A Spell On You – Annie Lennox
Earned It – The Weeknd
Slow Hands – Niall Horan
You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore – Demi Lovato
Show Me How You Werk (feat. Ddg) – Nicole Arbour
Beggin For Thread – Banks
Bad Intentions – Niykee Heaton
Fetish (feat. Gucci Mane) – Selena Gomez
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading! Be sure to drop a comment if you learned from any of these or used any of the tips! I would love to add reader tips, too!